Intel wooing SMBs with built-in IT alternative

Intel wooing SMBs with built-in IT alternative

Summary: Intel is reaching out to the small business world with an alternative for companies that lack the manpower and/or budget for an IT department.Say hello to the Intel Small Business Advantage, a hybrid of hardware and software based on Intel's second-generation Core processor family for managing and monitoring IT tasks on desktops and laptops.

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Intel is reaching out to the small business world with an alternative for companies that lack the manpower and/or budget for an IT department.

Say hello to the Intel Small Business Advantage, a hybrid of hardware and software based on Intel's second-generation Core processor family for managing and monitoring IT tasks on desktops and laptops.

Simply put, Intel's director of business client solutions marketing Dan Russell described the new solution to me as Intel's "first PC solution designed for the un-managed small business in mind."

Russell explained that 90 percent of SMBs don’t have an IT department. Thus, the Intel Small Business Advantage aims to fix that with out-of-the-box functionality and usage.

Primarily targeting small businesses with between one and 99 employees, the system isn't complex, but it covers the essential bases. Small business owners can use the platform for backing up data, monitoring performance, and keeping up with the latest software updates -- either for every computer on the company network or individual users.

Some examples of tasks that can be performed using the Intel Small Business Advantage include an energy power saver that automatically shuts down and turns on computers upon schedule, anti-theft technology, and a USB blocker that can customize PCs to block selected USB-connected devices while requiring a password for others.

Available from some resellers and OEMs immediately, the Intel Small Business Advantage is supported on 15 languages worldwide.

Screenshots via Intel

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  • So it's a list of tasks

    The end user would still need to know the implications and know enough to choose the right combination for their needs.
    happyharry_z
    • @Happyharry:

      Not necessarily. I know company's with an I.T. Dept of 1. And I know of others
      that contract in, or share an I.T. consultant with other companies. The keyword here is 'small business'. I wouldn't expect a multinational, or a
      business with several thousand PC's and peripherals to use it.

      The real utility of this will be felt by I.T. Consultants I think.
      If you provision a small company, this will help you to setup systems
      the way the owner would like, and provide an easy admin path when
      changes are required.

      Coupled with some kind of remote logon solution (if it doesn't have it's own)
      and perhaps limiting remote logon to 1 PC in the company, with local confirmation of remote desktop,etc. an outside consultant could admin the whole business without an on-site visit.

      Really all depends on the business, and how prepared they are to use it.

      Regards,

      Eli.
      Elihion